Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator

Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator

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by Clint Van Zandt, Daniel Paisner
     
 

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No ordinary Washington memoir, Facing Down Evil is an unprecedented look behind the scenes of our nation's most powerful law enforcement agency. As the FBI's premier hostage negotiator, Clint Van Zandt worked or consulted on some of recent U.S. history's most unsettling and high-profile conflicts, including the Waco, Oklahoma City, and Unabomber

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No ordinary Washington memoir, Facing Down Evil is an unprecedented look behind the scenes of our nation's most powerful law enforcement agency. As the FBI's premier hostage negotiator, Clint Van Zandt worked or consulted on some of recent U.S. history's most unsettling and high-profile conflicts, including the Waco, Oklahoma City, and Unabomber cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425211632
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Alan Sklar is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine.

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Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Facing Down Evil is Clint van Zandt own personal experiences of being a hostage negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He gives you a look at the several, some of which are famous events that he was part of from his view. He tells you the story from the hostage negotiators view and the painful process they have to go through to get some person out of a potentially dangerous situation. So Clint basically has one thing he always want to do or better yet what all hostage negotiators want to do is to take the suspect and victims alive. Clint constantly says that the last option is to take out the suspect and that it still may not be the last option. In Sperryville, one of Clint¿s experiences, it was looking grim but Clint said that it was the last option to take him out but that was still not preferred. Clint in everyone of his hostage situations or when he¿s called in always says that they want everybody alive and that it they play it no other way always make them come out alive. Clint gives you a very through description of what he wants how he wants and when he wants it. His experiences make him what he is today and all that experience played a huge part in how he made his decisions along with all the training he had. The next thing that also put emphasis on is gaining there trust. He emphasizes this just as much as keeping them alive, because you need to get there trust in order to let them get them to stay alive. Again with Charles Leaf in Sperryville he need to gain Leaf¿s trust so that he could manipulate it to allow him and the tactical guys to get him in the position they want him to make it easier to get him and arrest him. Well I hate to say this but he never got his trust completely and things went south. Clint needs there trust so that he could put them in a position that would benefit them but make them think they had the advantage over him and without not actually giving them the edge or putting more lives on the line, sounds very nerve racking. But Clint does a good job at getting there trust most of the time. So Clint puts these two together and he can if all goes well get what he wants form the suspect and save them all hopefully at least save the victims. Well if you like exciting stories that really keep you on the edge because they all happened and they were all true then you should pick up a copy of this book and read it. It is exciting at times and boring some other times kind of like real hostage negotiations are but it keeps you interested and it gives the step by step process that people like Clint have to go through and how nerve racketing it is because of all the little thing you have to pay attention to and all the things that could go wrong which Clint constantly thinks about during a situation. So if you are interested in all of that they you should see what it¿s like negotiating with Van Zandt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although guns rule the west, Agent Van Zandt used his head to deal with some of the most significant cases in FBI history. You get to see inside of his home and family and how a hostage negotiator on the edge, as well as an FBI profiler, maintains the delicate balance between wife, children and the madness and death that also happens on his shift. He's honest and talks about his failures as well as mistakes - he makes you know him and takes you inside of hostage situations where decisions are made on gut calls and experience - life and death are everywhere yet he somehow keeps his head and his sense of humor. A remarkable combination, especially in the cases he worked. You learn not to fully trust the media reporting of such events and of the effort that goes unreported in these cases to save lives, both the good and the bad. I'm glad people like him were on our side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly vivid page turner. It is so refreshing to see someone out there as honest and valid as Clint Van Zandt. Sometimes it is tempting to group the our government together as one great evil in itself and it is really hard to trust those who are supposed to be protecting us. Clinton Van Zandt is a genuine hero who fought his entire career to make America a better place and to protect and serve us all. I'm simply inspired. This is a must read. Micah I Palmer
harstan More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating look from a different perspective of some of the major FBI incidents spanning a twenty-five year career that ended in retirement in 1995. Clint Van Zandt provides a little background material about his growing up and makes no apologies for being a family man who loves his country and his agency. However, the autobiography takes off with the specific incidents including some overseas especially the more famous ones like the 1985 siege of the Covenant, the 1993 Waco confrontation with the Branch Davidians, the Unabomber, and his paradigm suggestion that Oklahoma City was tied to Waco not the Middle East. This is an excellent autobiography of a dedicated law enforcement official who spent a career FACING DOWN EVIL as it is the behind the scenes look at these cases and more that will grip the audience.----------------- Harriet Klausner